What I was looking forward to this year with the PS5 was improved frame rate and graphics, deeper stat tracking, and the elimination of legacy bugs (like not being able to cover first base in time to get an out as an RTTS pitcher on a ball hit to the first baseman).
I LOVED the core of RTTS as it was. They just needed to subtract the silly and unrealistic stuff that was in the game and make it prettier.
The cutscenes of podcasts add ZERO value for me. I haven’t sat through an entire cutscene yet. I watch it for 3 to 5 seconds, start to cringe, remember that I can already watch people talk about baseball in real life if I want to, and I skip through it.
I miss my pitcher and hitter who I was looking forward to carrying over from the last 2 years’ of The Show.
I miss ShowTime opportunities when stealing bases, at the plate, and as a pitcher.
I miss being able to create my own narrative instead of being drug through one.
I miss having my equipment save.
The changes made to RTTS seem like developer indulgence more than anything else.
Don’t alienate your base!
If the devs will focus on making the game as true to baseball as it can be (shoot for OOTP in the team management and stat-tracking area, continue to refine what The Show does gameplay-wise, with a priority on removing bugs and unrealistic outcomes over adding new animations and cutscenes, and make the focus of RTTS to let the USER determine what kind of player they want their character to be and let them carry those characters over year after year), then they’ll have something their base wants.
As far as MLB 21 goes, I think I’ll be better off playing last year’s game.
MLB 21 is prettier, but once you get beyond that, there are new bugs to fight in addition to the legacy bugs that have plagued the game for years.
I am actually OK with most of the aspects of the new RTTS with one exception - Ballplayer. It is now impossible to start a really NEW player in RTTS. You can start a new career, but the player is your ballplayer, and even if you strip out all gear and Perks, he keeps his Base Attributes from previous career(s). I have not confirmed, but I also understand his age doesn't return to 18, either. I just want to chime in to help drive home the point that this KILLS most of the fun I got out of RTTS. Not being able to start a new guy and a new career is going to send me back to 20. I have no interest in DD or any other mode, so the wreckage of RTTS may drive me away from the game entirely unless some of this stuff gets changed/fixed.
Yeah the base idea has merits, but I think they underestimated all the unintended consequences it would lead to. They usually don’t mess up twice in a row, so if they can’t fix it this year because of the workload and the time table involved, I’d expect next year to be a huge leap forward. If I’d still played this mode like I used to, no doubt I’d go back to 20.